South Kashmir: Army soldier succumbs; militants escape after initial exchange of fire

They said that soldier, identified as Ajay Kumar of 42 RR, was shifted to 92 Base hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed.

Khalid Gul
Anantnag, Publish Date: Apr 24 2018 11:27AM | Updated Date: Apr 24 2018 11:59AM
South Kashmir: Army soldier succumbs; militants escape after initial exchange of fireRepresentational Image

A soldier injured in an exchange of fire with militants in Lam forest area of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Tuesday has succumbed, police sources said.

They said that soldier, identified as Ajay Kumar of 42 RR, was shifted to 92 Base hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed.

A police official said the militants opened fire on a forces' party in the area early morning, resulting in a brief shootout. 

He said that the militants are believed to have escaped towards upper forest area after the initial exchange of fire.

A search operation jointly launched by the army, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF to nab the militants is going on, he said.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted in main town Tral after youth hurled rocks at a forces' vehicle. The forces responded by firing tear gas.